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Comment Re:The Million Regulators March on Washington (Score 3, Insightful) 113

Once you have a monopoly — such as "Single Payer" education, or healthcare, or Internet-Service provision — the price goes up and the quality goes down.

Actually, no - you've got your monopoly on the wrong side with single payer healthcare.

Companies that are monopolies are allowed to arbitrarily increase their prices because they are the single seller.

Single payer health care involves there only being one single insurance company buying goods from the drugs companies, doctors, and hospitals, allowing them to drive the price *down*, not up. That's why healthcare is so much cheaper in Europe than the US.

Comment Re:Another breakthrough! News at 11! (Score 4, Insightful) 218

I think you're just ignoring the breakthroughs that have been happening.

It's only about 15 years since a laptop was 1.5" thick, weighed 5lb, and had an amazing 2 hour battery life. In only a decade and a half the amount of energy that's been packed into a laptop battery has increased enormously.

This is also hugely visible when you look at power tools. I cordless power drill from 15ish years ago would almost certainly us NiCd batteries, with a life of only an hour or two. Modern power drills will last a full day or more with a battery pack that's substantially smaller, and that charges in a far shorter amount of time.

Comment Re:Simple fix (Score 1) 318

That's (roughly) the way it works today, except it's they'll be paid 'more' than the average salary for the position they're in.

The problem isn't the 50% bit, it's the 'the position they're in' bit. The contracting firms like Infosys fill positions that are generic contractor roles - *not* highly skilled positions, which command low salaries. They then contract them out to other companies to do highly skilled jobs, at their low skilled salary.

Companies like Apple, MS and Amazon (which are not in those top 10 visa getters) hire people directly into the highly skilled roles, and are more than willing to pay extremely high salaries for them.

Comment Re:Most Web Browser Engines Are Open Source (Score 1) 325

That was rather my point in a somewhat underhanded way - the article moans about "why don't browsers do this", when the reason is "because everyone writing it found that it was a useless feature for one reason or another". It's not like guys writing browsers aren't thinking about how to deal with this well, it's just not a problem that they can solve magically themselves.

Comment Re:Rust will be what replaces C/C++ (Score 1) 236

Swift can guarantee data-race freedom, in exactly the same way that C and C++ can - by using the normal threading and locking primitives you get from the OS's libraries. It even ships with a more user friendly library for doing this (GCD) than most OSes provide.

And swift absolutely does not require thread safe ref counting. Swift has both value types and reference types. Value types are passed by value (what a surprise), and include non-ref-counted pointer types. All you need do to avoid ref counting is to not use the word "class" in your program, and instead stick to "struct".

Neither of these are impediments to system programming.

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